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I should preface this by saying that I recently installed Mint 14 on a previously dual-booted windows 7 laptop. I had some issues with windows 7 so I deleted that partition and decided to go ALL IN with linux. Everything was working quite well and I was enjoying Mint; however, once I logged off and shut down my laptop, then next day I couldn't boot up properly. Or, more accurately, I could boot up but no programs would launch. I tried to reboot and this is when I got the error. BTW, I checked to see if there are similar threads to see if my problem has already been discussed/solved. I found some similar threads, but because I am REALLY new at this, wasn't sure if any of those posts would help me. Here is my error:
/dev/sda1: UNEXPECTED INCONSISTENCY: RUN fsck MANUALLY. (i.e., without -a or -p options)
Mountall: fsck / [XXXXX] terminated with status 4
Mountall: filesystem has errors: /
Mountall: skipping mounting / since Plymouth is not available fsck from util-linux 2.20.1 /dev/sda1 contains a filesystem with errors, check forced.
Error reading block 29884569 (Attempt to read block from filesystem resulted in short read) while getting next inode from scan.
This msg. continued to repeat ALL night long with only the numbers changing in the [XXXXX] brackets, counting up by 4.
In short, does this mean my HDD is done? Can the filesystem be repaired and I then simply re-install Mint? Or, is it time to get a new HDD?
Is it something else? Motherboard? Memory? GPU?
I really have no idea where to go from here. Any help is sooo much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
This is a filesystem error - your hardware is (probably) fine.
Simplest solution is to merely re-install Mint over the top of itself. This will re-initialize the filesystem as part of the install. You will lose anything you have done since the initial build - that's why we take backups.
I tried to use a live CD/USB version of Mint but because I am such a newb, couldn't quite figure out what to do. I ended up re-installing Mint which worked for a while...a couple days...and I thought all was well. Then, I tried to boot up again yesterday, but all I would get is a black screen with a blinking cursor. Tried to re-boot, but again got error msg. regarding the filesystem. So, now I have removed Mint 14 and have gone back to Ubuntu 12.10 > 13.04 which seems to be working fine (for now) but I suspect I will get errors the next time I boot up. Any suggestions? Is it hardware at fault? If so, what?
I have a feeling it's either my HDD or my graphics card, but I have no way of testing either, at least, not that I know of. Everything seems to work fine if I run a distro from the live CD/USB, but that's hard to do because I have to keep re-installing packages for every session and I have to make sure I save files to my external drive which I have to re-mount every time I want to use my laptop. Very frustrating and time consuming. Again, any suggestions as to what the problem might be?